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Despite the rapid transition to new energy vehicles around the world, it is surprising that Ethiopia became the first country to ban the sale of fuel vehicles. Due to severe foreign exchange shortages, Ethiopia has been unable to import oil and other commodities, prompting the decision that only electric vehicles can enter the country.

According to the reports, Ethiopia spent nearly $6 billion (US) last year importing fossil fuels, with over half of it going towards automobiles. The current situation of Ethiopia evidently cannot support continued imports of fossil fuels.

While being the first country to ban petrol cars, there are concerns about whether Ethiopia has sufficient infrastructure for electric vehicles. Ethiopia’s new energy vehicle policy is ahead of developed countries in Europe and the Americas. Norway is set to ban petrol cars in 2025, while countries like Sweden, Iceland, Greece, the Netherlands, and Singapore have set their ban deadlines for 2030. Most European countries and North America have set their ban on petrol cars for 2035.

However, the implementation of such petrol bans in Europe remains uncertain. In late October 2022, the European Commission, European Parliament, and member states reached an agreement to ban the production of new petrol cars from 2035. The European Union is attempting to reshape its transport landscape with this significant move. The agreement requires EU car manufacturers to achieve zero emissions by 2035 and to cut carbon emissions by 55% in the next decade, with the aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

However, in early March 2023, due to strong opposition from the German government, the EU postponed the key vote to enact the “ban on sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles” legislation.

Source: WeChat Official Account—鑫椤锂电

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